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DIY Rebuilding 2002 RockShox SID Race Carbon

Sti: Marpilli posted a great DIY manual for rebuilding a RockShox SID Race Carbon fork in the forums. Go check it out now!

DIY Painting Fork Lowers

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While I had one of my forks disassembled to replace the bushings, I decided to try painting the lowers a different color. I don't need (or really want) a factory fresh paint job. I just wanted to change up the color to a nice neutral black. 

DIY Bashwich (30 Tooth Andersen Chainring and BBG )

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I've been using a 30t chainring from Andersen Machine and an inner and outter BBG bashguard to setup a 'bashwich' configuration. Previously, I used an N-Gear jump stop. But, when I bumped it and knocked it out of alignment (which always seemed to be on rooty, technical climbs) my chain would drop.

DIY Custom Etched Headbadge

I wanted to create custom made head badges for a couple of my mountain bikes. There were a lot of good examples when searching MTBR and the internet; but, nothing really stuck me as what I wanted (or that I had the skills to create). I knew I wanted the design to be my MTBR avatar. I decided against a sticker. And I don’t think I have the skill to engrave or cut out something with that much detail.

DIY Fork Bushing Removal Tool

I have a spare fork that I bought awhile back and am just now getting time to overhaul it (2002'ish RockShox SID SL). I noticed it's starting to wear the stanchions at the bushings so I'd like to replace the bushings. But, this is something I've never done.

While the bushings are cheap (about $15 for the set), the actual RockShox tools to remove and replace the bushings will cost me over $100 and that doesn't include the parts I can't find (bushing install sleeves).

DIY Homebuilt Wheel Truing Jig using Alumaweld rods

I'm calling it a jig because it's really not a wheel truing stand. I've been wanting something to check the runout on my wheels. And, maybe tackle a wheel building project one day.

I had heard about Alumaweld rods and found some on sale at Eastwood for $5.00 shipped. I bought them and put them in my tool chest for some future project. Because of this, I decided to build my truing jig out of square tube aluminum.

Bought a piece of 1" square tube aluminum (36" long) at a home store for $11 and cut it to size.


DIY Project - $55 Bike Workstand

I decided to build my own bike workstand. This blog is the one that inspired me:

DIY Portable Bike Repair Stand

The blog shows a lot of the step-by-step instructions. I'll just show what I did differently.

$7.97 - 3/4" x 24" Pipe
$13.97 - 3/4" Pipe Clamp
$4.00 - 1" Black Tee
$2.52 - 1" x 6" Nipple
$2.52 - 1" x 6" Nipple
$1.87 - 1" Split Ring Hanger
$1.04 - Thumb Screw
$1.18 - Two Hose Clamps
$20.00 - PA Stand (CraigsList)

Achtung, achtung. New forum, with separate login.

A copy of the wise words of our fearless leader Big S. : The new proper forums will be over here. Usernames will be separate from the site so we don't get people spamming the site or sabotaging articles here.

Get registered :)

DIY Carbon SiC brake rotors and pads

As it seems the general industry is leary, of getting on with making carbon SiC rotors and pads, I decided to make my own a while ago.

The rotor is machined from a F16 front rotor, the pads are made of a similar material, scavenged from a 747 brake rotor.

This ought to serve as a bit of inspiration ;-)

The last image, is a thermographic image, taken during the the first tests.Pads